From March 8 2017 to March 31, 2019, Japan Rail Passes will be sold inside Japan at major JR train stations. For now, this is just a trial. We will let you know if this becomes permanent.
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Until recently, it was necessary to buy your Japan Rail Pass outside of Japan (actually, you purchase an “exchange order” which you turn into an actual rail pass after arriving in Japan). But UNTIL March 31, 2019, Japan Railways (JR) is conducting a trial of selling Japan Rail Passes inside Japan. Note: This is only a trial period – unless you will be in Japan during this period, you should buy your pass outside Japan, as usual. Also note that the passes sold in Japan are slightly more expensive than the ones sold overseas (otherwise, they are identical in every respect).
Where to Buy A Japan Rail Pass Inside Japan
The passes are being sold at the main ticket offices at the following JR Stations in Japan: Sapporo, Sendai, Niigata, Tokyo Station, Shinjuku, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima, Takamatsu, Hakata, New-Chitose Airport, Narita Airport Terminal 1, Narita Airport Terminal 2-3, Haneda Airport International Terminal, and Kansai Airport
How Much Does A Japan Rail Pass Cost?
The passes sold inside Japan cost slightly more than those sold outside Japan. Here are the prices:
For more details, check out the Japan Railways Trial Basis JR Pass 2018-19 PDF document (links opens the PDF file).
For general details on the Japan Rail Pass, visit our Japan Rail Pass: Is It Worth It? page.
If you’re living in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam, you can purchase a voucher for the Japan Rail Pass online with Klook. The voucher is posted to your home address. You then exchange the voucher for your Japan Rail Pass at a designated JRRail pickup point.
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